Dom La Nena | Szold Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music | International | Chicago Reader
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Dom La Nena On her new sophomore album, Soyo (Six Degrees), Brazilian singer, cellist, and songwriter Dom La Nena (née Dominique Pinto) cleaves to her Brazilian homeland more than she did on her debut, Ela. That 2013 record reflected a life spent growing up in Paris, studying cello in Buenos Aires, and traveling through Europe supporting artists like Jane Birkin, Etienne Daho, and Camille. While in France she met singer and producer Piers Faccini, who worked with her on Ela, a fragile, breathy affair steeped more in chanson than bossa nova. For Soya she visited and recorded in Mexico City, Lisbon, Paris, and São Paulo with producer Marcelo Camelo (a former member of Los Hermanos and a remarkable solo artist). The album’s hushed intimacy certainly thrives outside of any regional tradition—she wrote the new tunes in four different languages—but it’s Camelo’s production that gives her music a needed injection of lush harmony and beauty and relieves the pressure on her somewhat frail voice. The lovely melodies and sweet harmonies glide over gentle, percolating grooves, and the blend of guitars, piano, and tuned percussion—all played by just the two of them—consistently sparkles. Her restrained singing definitely conveys an engagement with bossa nova, but this music is much bigger, like a global pop unencumbered by any single geographic pull. —Peter Margasak



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